The Sales Control Plan Sets Standard for Sales Enablement

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Accurate Training Trends and Efficiency Ratings from CRM

The sales control plan management platform is the solution for all B2B selling challenges.

Sales leaders usually hire to solve talent problems, and choose a brand of CRM to solve process problems. Two of the biggest mistakes made when managing a sales force.”

— Edward Henry

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Imagine if you were able to see exactly where every opportunity is at in your pipeline. We have experienced those long-winded sales stories that still did not add up to a closed sale, or even determined what needed to be closed. Sales managers are in the dark when it comes to seeing where the opportunities are in the organization’s pipeline. This has been the reason for most of the sales waste that many companies struggle to identify.

As a leader we want those around us to succeed. It reflects well on our own efforts, but more importantly, on the organization. Sales Training is an excellent way of building relationships and supporting your team with all the necessary resources and tools that they require to succeed. You can easily create goodwill while simultaneously creating accountability amongst your team.

Sales Control Plan Management is a management and training resource that provides sales leaders, and the salesforce with everything they need to manage, train, onboard, and reference. It is the ultimate resource for sales intelligence. It is time to make real time solutions in real time.

SALES CONTROL PLAN MANAGEMENT

Training & Adoption

As the world changes around us, so has the way we learn and expand our skills. Sales Control Plan Management’s sales waste assessment identifies the sales waste and sales operation deficiencies in the sales organization. The results of the assessment provide the accurate roadmap to achieve highest standard for sales training and CRM adoption success.

Sales Control Plan

There are so many elements to manage when it comes to supervising a sales force. Sales Control Plan allows you to work with transparent metrics that help you to clearly see everything in your entire pipeline. You know exactly where to spend you time and resources for optimum sales management success. After implementation of baseline metrics, Sales Control Plan Management will provide the workflow automation that ensures your sales reps do not miss any opportunities.

There has never been a better management system that integrates with all brands of CRM to provide the highest level of accountability and sales intelligence throughout the entire sales force.

There is no more training on random selling methodologies or skill development. Sales Control Plan provides accurate training metrics which are accessed from actual CRM activity. Companies will eliminate massive training waste by training specifically in the area where the sales rep or sales force is struggling. Sales Control Plan solves every organization’s most costly selling challenges.

Benefits of Sales Control Plan Management

• Improved Customer Engagement
• Reduced Sales Waste
• Eliminate opportunities from going COLD!
• Sales Force Accountability – Management Accountability – Customer Accountability
• No more missed follow up calls
• No more missed deadlines on sales deliverables
• No more inactivity
• Complete pipeline visibility
• Simple onboarding of new hires saving money on training and resources.
• Progressive evaluation and sales analytics that produce accurate training scope based on CRM and selling practices.
• Real Time is REAL TIME
• CRM integration to make sure that learning requirements are triggered based on CRM performance metrics.
• Reduce and eliminates false reporting in CRM.
• Triggered emails specific to the customers sales stage, and engagement to communicate relevant requests, or notices where the sales representative has lost engagement due to inactivity or missed follow up.

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Dr. William Harrell, Wins Best of Los Angeles Award – “Best Internist – 2021”

Dr. William Harrell

“We're honored to include Dr. William Harrell of Providence St. John’s Health Center into our BoLAA family.” ~Aurora DeRose

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. William Harrell, acclaimed internist, wins Best of Los Angeles Award- "Best Internist (Santa Monica) – 2021", according to Aurora DeRose, award coordinator for the Best of Los Angeles Award community.

The "Best of Los Angeles Award" community was formed four years ago and consists of over 7,600 professional members living and working in Southern California. It celebrates the best people, places, and things in Los Angeles with the slogan "No Ads. No B.S. Only the Best."

"The mission of the community is to celebrate the best of Los Angeles and allow its community members to connect with other members who share the highest standards of quality and integrity," expresses DeRose. "We're honored to include Dr. William Harrell into our BoLAA family."

Dr. William Harrell specializes in internal medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. The breadth and depth of internal medicine draw in only the brightest doctors, and Harrell has proven himself to be one of the best. According to the U.S. News, Harrell won the Patients' Top Choice Award.

He performs physical exams and treats a broad spectrum of illnesses found in men and women. Harrell's clients have consistently referred to him as a scholarly and kind doctor.

In 1987, Harrell graduated from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He then completed his residency at the LAC+USC Medical Center.

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Veronica’s Insurance Expands Into the Florida Insurance Market

Veronica's Insurance Franchise

Veronica’s Insurance Franchise

Veronica Gallardo, CEO and Founder of Veronica's Insurance

Veronica Gallardo, CEO and Founder of Veronica’s Insurance

Veronica Gallardo, CEO and Founder of Veronica's Insurance and Raul Dominguez, COO of Veronica's Insurance

Veronica Gallardo, CEO and Founder of Veronica’s Insurance and Raul Dominguez, COO of Veronica’s Insurance

Veronica's Insurance, the leading insurance broker for Hispanics and Latinos, is now serving the Miami and N. Lauderdale communities.

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Veronica's Insurance, the leading insurance broker for Hispanics and Latinos, is now serving the Miami and N. Lauderdale communities after opening its first two locations in Florida. The company plans to open several more locations across the state in the coming months as part of its expansion plan.

"Our franchise model is making it affordable for entrepreneurs to run a stable and thriving business," said Veronica Gallardo, CEO and founder of Veronica's Insurance. "There are 50.5 million Hispanics in the U.S., and their purchasing power has quadrupled in the last 20 years which ensures the industry will continue to grow."

Veronica's Insurance now has 16 franchises in three states, becoming the fastest-growing Hispanic insurance franchise in the U.S.

"We are very happy and grateful to Veronica's Insurance for all their support and for guiding us step by step to fulfill one of our biggest dreams," said Annerys and Frank Camacho, the Miami Lakes franchise owners. "If you want to have your own business, you can. The sky is the limit!"

The company recently announced its been named as the No. 1 franchise in the insurance category in Entrepreneur Magazine's 2021 Top 500 New Franchises for its financial strength and stability, and brand power.

"We take pride in helping people to achieve their dream of running their own business," said Gallardo. "It fills our hearts to see how our franchisees are succeeding by getting what they have always wanted."

The company also serves clients in their language to keep the roots of the Latino and Hispanic culture. Veronica's Insurance has 24/7 customer service agents that are fluent in English, Spanish, and in an effort to be more inclusive, some service agents are now versed in sign language.

"If you are a person looking for a business that grows by leaps and bounds, do not hesitate to contact us," said Raul Dominguez, COO of Veronica's Insurance. "It's time to run your own business."

To learn more about Veronica's Insurance franchising opportunities, please visit veronicasfranchise.com. To learn more about prices on auto, renter, business, life and health insurance, visit veronicasinsurance.com.

About Veronica's Insurance

Founded 25 years ago by Mexican businesswoman, Veronica Gallardo, Veronica's Insurance specializes in the Hispanic and Latin market, offering auto, life, and health insurance. Gallardo's vision has created employment for more than 400 families. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and makes up over 400 people. Veronica's Insurance has more than 90 locations in California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida.

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Veronica’s Insurance Franchise, the Fastest Growing Insurance Franchise in the Country.


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IRI Survey Shows Workers Need Improved Retirement Saving Habits, More Realistic Expectations

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And Value Protected Lifetime Income

Older workers are under saved and regret that they have not saved more or wished they had started saving earlier.”

— Frank O'Connor, IRI Vice President, Research and Outreach

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Most workers over age 40 have inadequate retirement savings and are not saving enough to catch up, yet most expect retirement income far greater than even the highest Social Security benefits. And while they also believe that protected lifetime income is a critical characteristic of a retirement investment, they need to save more to produce that income, according to new research by the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI).

Retirement saving behavior does not support the retirement income expectations of many workers. One-third think they will retire before age 65 and therefore see reduced Social Security benefits. More than half of workers believe they will need at least $55,000 in annual retirement income. Only four in ten workers have attempted to calculate how much they will need to save to meet retirement income expectations, so they are not connecting income potential to their savings.

The IRI consumer survey was conducted in March 2021 to gauge the retirement savings behaviors, retirement preparation steps, retirement expectations, and retirement investment preferences of nearly 1,000 workers between 40-73 years old.

"Older workers are under saved and regret that they have not saved more or wished they had started saving earlier," said Frank O'Connor, IRI Vice President, Research and Outreach. "Improving retirement prospects requires an increase in the percentage of income saved."

While three out of four workers are saving for retirement, savings rates are not nearly high enough for even the youngest respondents to grow their nest eggs to a level sufficient for meeting their income and budget expectations.

"These findings highlight the importance of plans not only auto-enrolling but auto-escalating retirement plan participants to increase savings rates," O'Connor said.

Some employer-provided retirement plans automatically enroll workers and deduct a percentage of each paycheck to contribute to the plan. Others automatically raise the percentage deducted annually up to a maximum of 10 percent. Employees can opt out of the auto-enrollment and auto-escalation at any time.

The survey also revealed that workers are overwhelmingly in favor of considering retirement investment options that guarantee income for life, such as annuities. They are especially interested in annuity products being made available in defined contribution plans.

"IRI's advocacy efforts that led to the enactment of the SECURE Act in 2019 should help workers," O'Connor said. "Measures included in the law made it easier for employers to offer retirement plans and lifted barriers to make protected lifetime income solutions, and other types of annuities such as fixed indexed and Registered Index-Linked Annuities (RILAs), more available within those plans."

The IRI survey noted that the lifetime income disclosure provision in the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act should help workers better understand how their retirement balances can deliver monthly income.

A final regulation to implement this provision is expected later this year. It will require retirement plans to illustrate how much monthly lifetime income a retirement account balance could provide. In IRI surveys conducted before the passage of the SECURE Act plan, participants indicated these illustrations would prompt them to increase the percentage of income they contribute to their plans.

An encouraging survey finding was the level of interest workers have in adding annuities to their workplace defined contribution retirement plans. Seven in ten workers of the youngest age cohort (age 40-45) say they are very or somewhat likely to allocate a portion of their plan to annuities.

With these preferences and trends in mind, Congress is considering new retirement security legislation that IRI strongly supports. Nearly a dozen IRI-supported provisions from the group's Retirement Security Blueprint are included in House and Senate bipartisan legislation.

Among the key features of the legislation is an automatic enrollment provision for new employer-provided retirement plans. The measure also increases a tax credit for small business owners to encourage them to offer their employees a retirement plan. For older workers, the legislation allows for larger catch-up contributions for Baby Boomers close to retirement. The legislation also increases the age at which retirees must take minimum distributions from retirement accounts and affords more workers and retirees the opportunity to protect their retirement income to insure against the risk of outliving their accumulated retirement savings, allowing more time for savings to grow.

"Retirement security remains a serious issue for America's workers, retirees, and their families," O'Connor said. "Data show that more work is needed to educate people about planning for retirement, especially with the help of a financial professional who can assist with calculating retirement income needs and setting financial goals. Workers also need to save more and consider protected lifetime income solutions to guard against outliving savings, a top concern among retirement savers. Finally, Congress can act quickly to provide more opportunities for workers to save in employer-provided plans and to improve access to lifetime income products within those plans."

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The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is the leading association for the entire supply chain of insured retirement strategies, including life insurers, asset managers, and distributors such as broker-dealers, banks, and marketing organizations. IRI members account for 90 percent of annuity assets in the U.S., include the top ten distributors of annuities ranked by assets under management, and are represented by financial professionals serving millions of Americans. IRI champions retirement security for all through leadership in advocacy, awareness, research, and the advancement of digital solutions within a collaborative industry community. Learn more at www.irionline.org.

Daniel Zielinski
Insured Retirement Institute
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GTL Receives Aetna Workplace Well-Being Award for Focus on Employee Health

Employee well-being has been at the forefront of recent efforts by the company

Our leadership recognizes the importance of company-wide wellness policies, activities, and programs to support consistent healthy behaviors and ensure that GTL workspaces foster healthier living,”

— Jessica Artz, GTL EVP, Human Resources

FALLS CHURCH, VA, U.S., August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — GTL, a trusted partner that connects those affected by incarceration with the resources and support necessary to achieve success, today announced that it has received an Aetna Workplace Well-Being Award for its outstanding efforts and support of employee well-being. GTL received a Bronze-level Inspiring Change Award based on a peer review evaluation of its company policies.

The Aetna Workplace Well-Being Award recognizes companies that prioritize a healthier workplace. These companies understand that healthier workplaces result in happier and healthier employees. Companies are scored based on several factors, including but not limited to:
• Health management strategy and design
• Wellness program design elements
• Communications and organizational engagement
• Well-being program implementation
• Wellness activities, policies, and clinical programs

“Our team members make GTL a thriving and innovative business, and we want to ensure that they are leading happy and healthy lives both in the workplace and at home,” said Jessica Artz, GTL executive vice president, human resources. “This past year has changed everything, and studies have shown that many Americans cancelled or delayed physical and/or mental health screenings due to the pandemic. The GTL Wellness Program was implemented to ensure that employees make their health a priority no matter what, and we are thrilled that our efforts were recognized by Aetna with a Workplace Well-Being Award.”

The GTL Wellness Program provides incentives for employees that complete a checklist of activities, including receiving an annual preventive exam, completing a health assessment, and certifying that they are tobacco-free or are completing a cessation program.

In addition, GTL partnered with Dr. Christian Conte, a mental health specialist in the fields of anger and emotional management, resulting in Employee Town Hall events focused on employee self-care. GTL team members work diligently every day to provide exceptional service to its customers, and they need strategies to handle the demands of work and everyday life.

“Our leadership recognizes the importance of company-wide wellness policies, activities, and programs to support consistent healthy behaviors and ensure that GTL workspaces foster healthier living,” concluded Artz. “As one of only 81 companies across the nation to receive the Workplace Well-Being Award, GTL is definitely focused on taking care of its people.”

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About GTL
For over 30 years, GTL has worked side-by-side with correctional facilities and government agencies to provide imperative technology solutions to over 1.2 million incarcerated individuals across the globe. These solutions facilitate meaningful connections, provide educational opportunities, enable successful reentry, and strengthen operational efficiency. GTL is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, with an employee presence throughout North America and was recognized as a 2021 Top Workplace USA by Energage. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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Plnar Completes SOC 2 Type I Certification

Plnar has successfully completed its 2021 Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 1 audit, which ensures compliance with the leading industry standards.

It’s important to us that our customers in highly regulated industries can be confident we are making the investment to maintain the highest level of security and regulatory compliance.”

— Andy Greff, CEO

AUSTIN, TX, USA, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Plnar, an AI software provider for the property insurance and home improvement verticals, today announced the successful completion of its 2021 Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 1 audit, which ensures compliance with the leading industry standards for managing enterprise data.

The voluntary independent audit conducted by The Moore Group, CPA, further affirms Plnar’s commitment to information and data security practices, ensuring policies, procedures and operations not only meet, but exceed the industry standards for security, availability, and confidentiality.

“Earning a Type 1 certification reflects our continued commitment to our customers’ security” said Andy Greff, CEO of Plnar. “It’s important to us that our customers in highly regulated industries can be confident we are making the investment to maintain the highest level of security and regulatory compliance.”

The official audit report provides a thorough review of Plnar’s internal controls, policies, and processes. It also reviews Plnar’s entire IT infrastructure, software development life cycle, change management, logical security, network security, physical & environmental security, and computer operations. Plnar will be completing (SOC) 2 Type 2 within the next 6 months.

A copy of the SOC 2 audit certification is available to clients and prospective clients on demand.

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ABOUT Plnar
Plnar is an AI software provider transforming insurance claims and home improvement estimates by enabling contactless inspections of interior spaces, providing significantly better customer experiences, shorter cycle and estimate times, and lower costs. Plnar’s patented technology platform gives desk adjusters the power to generate fully realized 2D and 3D models of interior spaces from digital photos and streamline the claims process for quicker, more efficient settlement. For more information, please visit the Plnar website at https://plnar.ai

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Openforce Announces Partnership with Robinson Oil to Help Independent Contractor Drivers Save on Rising Fuel Costs

Openforce + Robinson Oil Corporation

Openforce + Robinson Oil Corporation

Partnership enables independent contractors to save an average of 15¢ or more per gallon of fuel

Fuel is one of the largest expenses for drivers. With the costs fluctuating nationwide, it was important to add a fuel savings benefit to help make running their own small businesses more affordable.”

— Wendy Greenland, Openforce CEO

PHOENIX, AZ, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Openforce, the leading software technology platform for managing commercial relationships between contracting companies and their 1099 independent contractor (IC) workforce, today announced its partnership with Robinson Oil Corporation (ROC) as part of its contractor benefits program. The Openforce benefits program offers exclusive savings on essential tools and services such as business services, health and wellness benefits, retail shopping and more to their over 50,000 independent contractor customers.

“Fuel is obviously one of the largest expenses for independent contractor drivers. With the costs fluctuating throughout the country, we felt it was important to add a fuel savings benefit to help make running their own small businesses a little more affordable. Beyond the discounts, Robinson Oil Corporation provides incredible customer service which is a critical component for us when we’re considering how these partnerships will impact our members,” said Wendy Greenland, CEO of Openforce.

Independent contractors utilizing this benefit will have access to over 75,000 fueling stations nationwide. ROC also provides an online fleet fuel management portal for easier, real-time receipt management and accounting, as well as security features.

“As a fourth-generation, family-owned company, we truly believe that growth only comes by providing maximum value to our customers”, said Debi Kee Biggers, Commercial Fueling Sales Manager of Robinson Oil Corporation. “We are ecstatic about this new partnership as it is evident Openforce operates under that same belief. Working together to make life as an independent contractor a little easier and more affordable is a win for everybody.”

Through Openforce’s contractor benefits program, contracting companies typically experience 30% higher driver retention when compared to the industry average. This is because each benefit within the program is specifically designed to keep 1099 workers engaged long-term and thrive as independent business owners.

The mission of Openforce is to simplify everything related to independent contractor management and empower the world to work without limits. In addition to their contractor benefits program, Openforce’s technology platform also delivers powerful recruiting, onboarding, settlement, compliance and risk mitigation including active driver MVR monitoring and safety education solutions. Each solution is designed to empower contracting companies and 1099 contractors alike to work under a smarter independent contractor workforce model. For more information on the contractor retention program, visit Openforce’s information page, or contact Openforce directly at sales@oforce.com.

About Openforce
Openforce® is the leader in technology-driven services that reduce operating costs and mitigate compliance risk for companies using independent contractors. Openforce frees contracting companies from the burden of onboarding, contracting, and settlement processing while helping contractors build their business. Our cloud-based applications help businesses achieve more sustainable, profitable growth by removing financial, operational and compliance barriers to getting business done. Openforce is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners.
Learn more at www.oforce.com.

About Robinson Oil Corporation
Robinson Oil Corporation provides fuel management solutions for small to large business fleets, over-the-road transportation companies, and government agencies. For over 80 years, ROC has been helping fleets design and implement fuel purchasing policies and management systems designed to lower the total cost of fueling. ROC offers fuel management expertise, advanced technology, and nationwide fueling locations to deliver the control, information management, and efficiency your business demands from a fleet fueling program.
Learn more at www.roccf.com.

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Texas Rear-End Car Accident FAQs – Rose Sanders Law Firm, PLLC

Rose Sanders Injury Law

Agressive Personal Injury Lawyers Repenting the Injured Across Texas

 Rear-end accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously. perfect

Rear-end accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously.

Rear End Accidents Cause Significant front end and rear end damage to all vehicles involved in a rear-end collision.

Rear End Accidents Cause Significant front end and rear end damage to all vehicles involved in a rear-end collision.

People unfortunately are often involved a rear end car accident. This article address's those FAQs that any person might have that has been in this type wreck.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Rear-end accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes seriously. Here are some answers to questions we often hear from injured drivers who have been rear-ended by other drivers.

Is the Rear Driver Always at Fault in a Rear-End Accident?

You may have heard that the rear driver is always at fault in rear-end accidents. While it is the case that they are often at fault, it is not the case that they are at fault in every accident. Drivers do have a duty to maintain a safe distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them, so many rear-end accidents are caused by the rear drivers. That said, if drivers in the front are driving without brake lights, stop suddenly, or engage in other actions that make avoiding a collision inevitable, the driver may be at fault.

Can Rear-End Accidents Cause Serious Injuries to Drivers?

Yes! Even relatively minor rear-end accidents are capable of causing extremely serious injuries. In fact, many drivers who are rear-ended end up with whiplash, as the force of a rear-end impact can cause the head to snap back and forth on the neck like the cracking of a whip. Some other examples of injuries that are common in drivers that have been involved in rear-end accidents include:

Broken bones
Facial lacerations
Bruises and contusions
Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
Herniated, Bulging, and Ruptured Disks
Torn shoulder ligaments i.e., a torn labrum, torn rotator cuff
Torn Knee Ligaments i.e., torn ACL’s, torn MCL’s, torn meniscus
Spinal cord injuries

Will A Person Have to Go to Court to Recover Compensation for a Rear-End Car Accident?

Many victims are concerned that they will need to go to court to recover compensation for their accident. While there is always that chance that your case will end up in litigation, the reality is that most cases settle out of court. This is particularly true when liability is clear, as is often the case in rear-end collisions.
That said, a person should always retain a Texas Car Accident after a rear-end collision, even if the person is sure that their case is going to settle. Insurance companies are out to make money and will do everything they can to settle your case for as little as possible – or even deny a persons claim outright. An attorney from Rose Sanders Injury Law can handles claim and protects victims of rear end accidents throughout the entire settlement process.

Can the average Person Afford an Attorney?

At Rose Sanders Injury Law, we take all of our rear-end accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that the person never has to pay up front for legal representation. In addition, we will only collect legal fees if we win the persons case, so at no point they have to pay out-of-pocket.

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CCHR: As Suicide Awareness Month Approaches, Reliance on Risk Assessments Questioned

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 47,511 people committing suicide annually.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 47,511 people committing suicide annually.

A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.

A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide.

Equally disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United States.

Equally disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United States.

Suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution despite experts in the field repeatedly reporting that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree.

Suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution despite experts in the field repeatedly reporting that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree.

Research into 40 years of suicide risk assessment data suggests that not only do these screenings not help but they may actually increase the risk of suicide.

If proof is needed that suicide risk assessments do not work all you need to do is look at the increasing number of people taking their lives despite ever increasing mental health access and funding.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Each year September is nationally recognized as Suicide Awareness Month. The stated intention of this campaign is to “inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide”. However, experts report that, “because suicide is a relatively rare event, and suicidal intent can change rapidly, it is not possible to predict which patient will or will not attempt or die by suicide at any given point in time.” [1,2]

Unfortunately, the one solution offered up most frequently is the increased screening of individuals through the use of suicide risk assessment tools. This year is no different with the call possibly being louder due in large part to COVID-19 and mental health advocates predictions that “suicide is likely to become a more pressing concern as the pandemic spreads and has longer-term effects on the general population, the economy, and vulnerable groups”. While the jury is still out as to whether or not the pandemic results in increased suicides, the numbers tell a different story. A recent article in the Washington Post revealed that a “new report says that preliminary data indicated that suicides actually fell in 2020.” [3, 4]

One fact is certain though, suicide risk assessments may be contributing to the long term increase in suicide rates. A study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide. [5,6]

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans with an average of 47,511 people committing suicide annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide deaths were more than double those due to homicides in 2015, which means that for every murder reported in the news, there were at least 2 other deaths that occurred due to suicide. [7,8,9]

Equally disturbing is that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in young people in the United States and once again suicide risk assessment is often promoted as the solution despite experts in the field repeatedly reporting that there is not any one scale that can predict who will commit suicide to any useful degree. [10,11]

While risk assessments, screenings, school mental health programs and more funding are often presented as the solutions to suicides rates, the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog organization, believes these so-called solutions are contributing to the problem.

According to Diane Stein, the president for CCHR Florida, how much Florida spends on mental health per capita compared to other states is regularly brought up during discussions of how to help those people who are in crisis; and Maine is often used to show why Florida should increase access to mental health as well increase mental health funding. However, what is never mentioned is that despite a per capita spending of $375 on mental health, Maine has a serious suicide problem. The suicide death rate per 100,000 population in Maine is 18.45 while nationally it is 14.21 which is significantly lower than the rate in Maine. [12,13]

“If increasing mental health access and funding was the solution to suicide, shouldn’t Maine have the lowest rate in the country?” asks Diane Stein. “Florida, for example, reportedly has low access and the lowest funding and yet Florida also has one of the lower suicide rates in the country.” [14]

Referencing an article published in Scientific American which reported that a study of the past 40 years of suicide risk assessment research suggests that not only do these assessments not help but may actually cause harm by increasing the risk of suicide, CCHR believes that the misguided reliance on screenings, assessments and psychiatric drugs is clouding the search for real answers. [15]

“A decade after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that ‘assessment tools’ not be used so called experts are calling for greater use of suicide risk assessments which makes no sense,” stated Ms. Stein. [16]

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information please visit www.cchrflorida.org.

Sources:
[1] https://www.thrivingmind.org/lets-talk-suicide-prevention/
[2] Suicide Risk: Detecting & Assessing Suicidality https://www.camh.ca/en/professionals/treating-conditions-and-disorders/suicide-risk/suicide—detecting-and-assessing-suicidality
[3] Suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic: thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30171-1/fulltext
[4] Biden says suicides are up because of covid. That may not have happened. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/04/07/biden-says-suicides-are-up-because-covid-that-may-not-have-happened/
[5] Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/suicide-risk-assessment-doesnt-work/
[6] Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Cohort Studies of Suicide Risk Assessment among Psychiatric Patients: Heterogeneity in Results and Lack of Improvement over Time http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0156322
[7] SUICIDE FACTS https://save.org/about-suicide/suicide-facts/
[8] Suicide Statistics https://afsp.org/suicide-statistics
[9] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml
[10] Suicide is a Leading Cause of Death in the United States https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml
[11] A review of suicide risk assessment instruments and approaches https://mhc.cpnp.org/doi/full/10.9740/mhc.2015.09.216
[12] 2019 U.S. Mental Health Spending Topped $225 Billion, With Per Capita Spending Ranging From $37 In Florida To $375 In Maine – OPEN MINDS Releases New Analysis https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2019-us-mental-health-spending-topped-225-billion-with-per-capita-spending-ranging-from-37-in-florida-to-375-in-maine–open-minds-releases-new-analysis-301058381.html
[13] Suicide Facts & Figures: Maine 2020 https://aws-fetch.s3.amazonaws.com/state-fact-sheets/2020/2020-state-fact-sheets-maine.pdf
[14] Suicide Mortality Rate by State https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/suicide-mortality/suicide.htm
[15] Ibid. Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn’t Work
[16] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. https://www.nice.org.uk/donotdo/do-not-use-risk-assessment-tools-and-scales-to-predict-future-suicide-or-repetition-of-selfharm

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American Insurance Broker, Varas Brokers enters into a strategic MOU with the Unilight Brokers in India

2 people shaking hands as symbol of partnership

RAMSEY, NJ, UNITED STATES, August 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Varas Brokers of the US and Unilight Brokers of India have signed a strategic MOU to work with each other in developing opportunities within the India-US insurance space. Both companies shall support each other’s clients in their respective countries and help grow the market further.

The agreement was signed by Ms. Monica Varas, Founder & CEO of Varas Brokers, and Mr. Biswajeet Mohanty, Director of Unilight.

Established in 2019-20, Varas Brokers was set up in New Jersey by Ms. Monica Varas, a veteran of the US Insurance sector for nearly 30 years with deep experience across all product lines in P&C Insurance. Varas is keen to support insurance requirements in international trade, credit insurance, and other related areas.

Unilight is an 8 years old Insurance broker with over 125 team members across 6 offices in India. It placed a premium in excess of US$ 50 million. Unilight operates in both Direct and Reinsurance spaces.

Over the past few decades, the US and India have enjoyed deep trade relations which have only been bolstered over the last few years. Currently, the US is India’s 2nd largest trading partner and most likely to become the largest one in due course while India is the US’s 8th largest trading partner. With an annual trade of nearly USD 150 billion, the two largest democracies of the world have deep commercial interests in each other.

“We are honored to have signed this partnership. This will benefit both companies and expand our businesses. We are looking forward to creating a long-lasting partnership.” said Ms. Monica Varas

Airing his thoughts on the occasion, Mr. Mohanty said – “ We are pleased to announce our global strategic partnership with Varas Brokers, USA. Our partnership has come at the most appropriate time when annual trade between two countries is expanding and is estimated to be nearly USD 150 Billion. We look to provide, through this partnership, collective expertise in designing the best insurance program and portfolio strategies for our client and also work to build the next generation of transformative & collaborative platforms. Together, we will unlock the full potential of the insurance broking platform and ensure world-class insurance products & services for our clients.”

The U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce played an instrumental role and worked with J Syzygia Consultants in India to bring this to fruition.

Anuraag Sunder of J Syzygia Consultants, an international investment banking & advisory firm, said "Unilight is a fast growing insurance broker. With Varas’ deep network and proven expertise in the US markets coupled with the institutional support it enjoys, both Varas and Unilight can create robust risk management solutions for their respective clients. At a time when business confidence is not yet fully back in the larger ecosystem, this is a clear win-win proposition that will infuse confidence in the minds of the stakeholders concerned.”

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